But Heather Schlesser, a University of Wisconsin-Extension agent in Marathon County, said an increase in employment doesn’t mean the ag industry is growing. She said this year’s increase in farm jobs could measure former farm owners now working for large businesses.
Jerry Clark, Chippewa County’s UW-Extension agriculture agent, said he is hearing most farms are about one week ahead of schedule. He said many farms began planting corn last week, particularly those with sandier soils.
Dennis Frame, founder of the UW-Extension Discovery Farms group and consultant for Peninsula Pride Farms, said most farmers have an idea where problem areas are located in their fields, but consultants can help draw a more comprehensive picture for them through testing.
The La Crosse-based land trust and its partners, the Kickapoo Grazing Initiative, the Wallace Center Pasture Project and Valley Stewardship Network, will work closely with County Soil and Water Conservation Districts, University of Wisconsin Extension, NRCS and Trout Unlimited to reach out to landowners with working lands throughout the watershed.
“This was really more of a train the trainer opportunity so we could provide great information for people who could then take that information and train other child care staff or other medical staff,” Brook Berg, a UW-Extension Family Living Educator, said.
The Racine County Board this month unanimously approved a $5,300 University of Wisconsin-Extension grant focusing on post-secondary education in Latino immigrant communities. The Racine County Extension office will initiate a program, called Juntos, for middle school students and their parents to get an early start on the college-planning process
The potential advantages and concerns of manure irrigation are addressed in “Considerations for the Use of Manure Irrigation Practices.” The report recently was published for the public by the Wisconsin Manure Irrigation Workgroup – a team led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and UW-Extension.